The Seahawks will lose more games than they will win this season. Which unlike last year will not get them to the playoffs.
Like it or not, the Hawks are in the process of rebuilding. It's what Pete Carroll and John Schneider were hired to do. Sneaking into the playoffs through the back door last year was either comical or embarrassing depending on your point of view, however the victory over the defending champion Saints helped validate the endeavor.
Since then we have endured a lockout, the draft, some more of the lockout, a free agent frenzy and a truncated preseason. Finally it's time to get to down to business.
Offensively the team has some talent, but it will take time for the pieces to come together given how hastily they were put together. Moving the ball both through the air and on the ground will prove challenging at times, especially if the protection is unable to hold.
In having to compensate for the offense, the defensive unit will need to play to perfection to keep the Hawks close, but teams with strong quarterbacks have the potential to torch the young secondary. Making matters worse, the Seahawks are scheduled to face the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Michael Vick.
Such is life in these modern times in the NFL as it seems everyone needs a decent quarterback, but unfortunately the Seahawks really don't have anyone to counter with.
Love him or loathe him, the time had come for Matt Hasselbeck to go. It was a good run, but he simply wasn't the future with Pete Carroll at the helm.
So what's next?
This week we will have Tarvaris Jackson auditioning for the role. By Halloween, it could be Clipboard Jesus aka Charlie Whitehurst. And by Christmas we could be begging Santa for Andrew Luck.
Essentially we are looking at the Mariners of the gridiron with good defense, no offense, and the promise of the future. Is the "Suck for Luck" approach an admirable thought? Perhaps not today, but how soon will it turn from being a joke amongst the crowd to the official war cry of the 12th Man?
It's an ethical dilemma that as fans we may very well face during the course of this season. While the Hawks will certainly compete on the field, it's going to be a challenge to the collective psyche of fans in Seattle as they watch this season unfold. To potentially make matters worse, what if this team is bad, but not bad enough?
Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself, but it's hard to see this season being a whole lot of fun. Pete Carroll has made it clear that no one person defines this team other than himself. He is determined to build with youth, size and speed which makes sense. However the true test will come over the next several weeks in seeing how much this group, not to mention the fans can handle.
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